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How to Create Change in the Smart But Struggling Student

Pile_of_Pennies. The Cognitive Emporium

How Small Change can Create Joy in the Smart but Struggling Student One day, I was at the LAX airport waiting for my flight back to Tennessee. I was standing in line ordering food when a gentleman with an Australian accent held up a penny and politely asked, “What is this?”  When I quickly replied,…


The Truth About Me & What I Believe

Photo of Kyra Minichan. The Cognitive Emporium.

This is Who I Really Am and What I Truly Believe Hello and welcome. Grab a seat beside me and let’s get to know one another! First, the basics. I’m Kyra Sovine Minichan.  A mom, wife, writer, and mompreneur. My husband and I have two sons, 18 and 16 years old.  When our second son…


The Secret to Getting Your Kid to Read This Summer?

Summer Reading Tips. The Cognitive Emporium.

Just in time for summer: The easy way to get your child to read without putting up a fight…and enjoy it! If your child is in the second grade and has completed the entire Harry Potter series without slowing down, then graphic novels would be a snack for that reading foodie. However, for the other…


Pills Don’t Equal Skills

Is it ADHD? Is medication the right answer? How do I fix it? There has been a growing trend of children getting diagnosed with ADHD. Although some children do present chemical imbalances that can be considered ADHD, this label tends to be misunderstood. In most cases, difficulties in attention and hyperactivity are actually symptoms of…